Boris Johnson has been branded “utterly irresponsible” after he announced he will skip being questioned by senior MPs in order to “focus on delivering Brexit”.
The prime minister wrote to the House of Commons liaison committee to reveal he will no longer be appearing before them on Thursday.
It is the third time he has postponed or cancelled an appearance since entering 10 Downing Street in July.
In a letter to the committee’s chair, the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Wollaston, Mr Johnson suggested he would be of “greater value” if he could postpone his appearance.
He instead offered a date nearer to five or six months after he became prime minister, which will come in December or January.
Mr Johnson suggested this would mean his first appearance before the committee would come after “roughly the same period in office” as spent by his predecessors – Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May – before they faced questions by senior MPs.
The liaison committee is made up of the chairs of all the House of Commons’ select committees and aims to take evidence from the prime minister on policy matters around three times a year.